🌎 Big Adventures 🍃 Little Footprints 👣👣
We have decided to make it our goal to reduce our travel footprints while biggering our adventures. Yep, We want to get leaner, greener and meaner (ok maybe not meaner, boy 123 will tell you we’ve’ already got that one perfected), but leaner in terms of waste and greener in terms of being kind to our planet.
So here are some of the ways we have found to reduce our family’s footprint while traveling.
#1. PLASTIC STRAWS SUCK! Ha, ha, no really, we find them here there and everywhere! We are on a mission to eradicate them from our life. When we’re at a restaurant, the waitstaff always asumes junior is incapable of tipping a glass for a sip, but we try to say, “No straw please.” Or “no paja por favor”.
Coconuts are another story. Heidi and I can drink from them, but the boys lose a lot, as it dribbles down their tummies. We tried making bamboo straws, but we didn’t try very hard, so we failed. We tried paper straws, but they disintegrated faster than the boys could drink. Now we’ve found the ultimate — stainless steel straws! I expected these to be too flimsy for hardcore travel, and kid use. Boy was I wrong… These suckers are tough as nails, with a super thick gauge stainless steel, relative to their size. Shove it in the backpack, purse, ditch bag, and you’re good to go.
We’ve honestly only ever used these for pipas and the occasional fresh fruit juice, so not sure how they would handle a smoothie or a milk shake. As well or better than any straw is our guess?
Stainless steel straw links: <a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KGIANQ2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00KGIANQ2&linkCode=as2&tag=boy123recomme-20&linkId=dd7bfa19f3e540a2e42413866f725619″>SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws, Set of 4, Free Cleaning Brush Included</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=boy123recomme-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00KGIANQ2″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />
#2. Ditch the single use plastic water bottles.
When Meme came to visit, she brought this nifty filter water bottle. She used it for months happily. It has a replaceable filter that takes out all the usual suspects. She nicely left it for us when she left. It was a big help in Panama where the tap water isn’t safe to drink, but sadly it isn’t toddler proof (or at least definitely not boy 3 wild animal proof), because he proceeded to bite the top off. We contacted the company and Katadyn agreed to replace the mouth piece and recommended a muzzle for our ferocious toddler.
This really does help cut down or eliminate single use plastic water bottle use. It’s great for refills on the go.
Katadyn water bottle💦🐟
<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RT308A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B008RT308A&linkCode=as2&tag=boy123recomme-20&linkId=d9fcd906a1bc092581a20bfa199b3940″>Katadyn – Mybottle Purifier – 24 – Blue Splash</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=boy123recomme-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B008RT308A” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />
#3 filter from your tap for safe drinking water anywhere
Culligan Tap Filter
We actually purchased this for our sailboat. It’s portable so we brought it along on our trip and we’re so happy we did. It is easy to install, so we attach it to the sink wherever we are staying, and voila! Contaminant free water! We haven’t had typhoid even once! Seriously though, this baby has brought us a lot of peace of mind and simplifies life, while eliminating the need for plastic, single use, water bottles. The mister did a lot of research before he chose this one and the Culligan was the most compact and efficient with great reviews.
<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TA532VU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00TA532VU&linkCode=as2&tag=boy123recomme-20&linkId=d876875a4785a1dfc483f56ba284f0f4″>Culligan FM-15RA Faucet Filter Advanced</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=boy123recomme-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B00TA532VU” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />
#4. Bring your own reusable utensils
Chinese stainless steel soup spoons
We keep a couple of these spoons in our bags. They are always handy and help us avoid the single use plastic ones. Plus they are just awesome spoons. We use them at home a lot too. They are super easy for little hands and they can scoop coco meat like a ninja.
<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K44NPHG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B01K44NPHG&linkCode=as2&tag=boy123recomme-20&linkId=34906c77d912cb34be2f2097b2b71fbb”>Zebra Thai Chinese Asian Stainless Steel Rice Soup Spoon (12 Pack), Silver</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=boy123recomme-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B01K44NPHG” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />
In addition to finding ways we can reduce our waste we have figured out a clever way to make a dime (or a nickel? ) 💰 Aren’t we clever? Yep, these are all affiliate links, so Amazon will give us approx. ¢5 if you buy those stainless spoons. Eureka! Make us rich. I dare ya. 😉🤑
And since we are already rolling with this full disclosure thing, I figure I should disclose that despite currently traveling in a tropical country and having three, fair skinned, tow headed children, we do not use much sunscreen. OK, settle down, I can hear you judging us, but despite this apparent negligence our children have never suffered a severe burn and don’t even resemble little cooked lobsters. We prefer good ol fashioned long sleeve sun shirts, hats, and natures best defense – shade. We tend to stay out of the direct sun during the worst sun hours (10-2), and so only wear sunscreen if it’s unavoidable. Traditional sunscreens have a lot of questionable ingredients and they can wreak havoc on the coral reefs. Good enough reason to avoid them. When sunscreen is absolutely necessary we are fans of the Badger brand. It is a mineral block and gives us that sexy glow (read: pasty white), but it doesn’t sink into our pores and play Jenga with our hormones n stuff. That’s a scientific explanation and I got it straight from the current press secretary.
<a target=”_blank” href=”https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003II0R7M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003II0R7M&linkCode=as2&tag=boy123recomme-20&linkId=280dac136108e868ba55348884f888d9″>Badger SPF 35 Plus Sunscreen All Season Face Stick Unscented — 0.65 oz</a><img src=”//ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=boy123recomme-20&l=am2&o=1&a=B003II0R7M” width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />Sun shirts and hats, or embarrassing Disney themed fish suits that will haunt you into your college years and beyond, whatever works! Thanks Meme for the excellent future blackmail pics!
Do you have more ideas for us? Awesome possum. Please leave them in the comments below.